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Total loan: $825

John

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Kiambu, Kiambu, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a biodigester to cook with biogas and help the environment.


John's story

John plans to use a Sistema Biobolsa biodigester to eliminate wood, fossil fuels, and chemical fertilizers from his farm. He lives in Kiambu with five family members, including parents. He supports his family with income from his five cows and from his annual vegetable yield.

John wastes time chopping wood to burn for cooking and heating bath water. He also worries about the air quality for his family. With the biodigester, he will transform his cows' manure into renewable energy (biogas) and organic fertilizer. As he starts putting the animal waste into the biodigester, bacteria will convert it into both biogas for cooking and nutrient-rich fertilizer that John will apply to his vegetable field. All of this will enable him to increase his yield, eliminate the need to chop wood, and use the money previously spent on fossil fuels and chemical fertilizer to invest in buying additional cows.

With this Kiva loan, John will realize his dream of making his farm economically and environmentally sustainable in order to continue the generations-old tradition of farming in Kiambu.

This loan represents 66% of the full price of the biodigester; the remaining part was covered by a cash down payment and a government subsidy.